If you don’t have a passport, you’re gonna need one. Also, if your passport is expiring anytime soon (like within a year), go ahead and get it renewed. Many countries require that your passport be valid for at least 6 months out (from when you travel). And hey, save yourself the headache and don’t wait to do this. Passports can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months to arrive after you submit your application. If you submit your application early, you won’t have to worry if you get caught on the “couple of months” side of things. — First Steps in Mission Trip Preparation To submit your first passport application or to renew your passport, click here.